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Qualcomm wins partial stay amid “divided” US government

Qualcomm wins partial stay amid “divided” US government

23 August 2019

A federal appellate court has granted Qualcomm’s request to partially stay the remedies ordered by a lower court, which found the chipmaker’s licensing practices violated federal antitrust law.

Slovakia annuls car sales cartel fines

Slovakia annuls car sales cartel fines

23 August 2019

The internal appeal tribunal at Slovakia’s competition authority has annulled a €9.3 million fine that the authority imposed on 15 companies for participating in a car sales cartel.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen criminally charged in Australia

Wallenius Wilhelmsen criminally charged in Australia

23 August 2019

Australia’s public prosecutor has charged shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean with criminally violating cartel rules following an investigation by the country’s antitrust watchdog.

Mexico fines airport operator for taxi permit abuse

Mexico fines airport operator for taxi permit abuse

23 August 2019

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has fined Cancun Airport €3.3 million for refusing to issue permits to taxi drivers, resulting in the inflation of millions of taxi fares.

Linklaters and Herbert Smith grow in China

Linklaters and Herbert Smith grow in China

23 August 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills has established a joint partnership with a Shanghai-based law firm, while Linklaters has added a new competition partner to its Beijing team.

Enforcers confirmed for GCR-Latin Lawyer Live in Brazil

23 August 2019

Enforcers from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina will participate in the GCR-Latin Lawyer Live Summit in Brazil on Friday 11 October – including the president of Brazil’s Council for Administrative Economic Defence.

Judge throws out cigarillo verdict for fraud on court

Judge throws out cigarillo verdict for fraud on court

GCR USA - 23 August 2019

A federal judge has thrown out a $44 million antitrust judgment against cigar maker Swisher after an indictment was unsealed in which an executive at the plaintiff company admitted it had fraudulently avoided excise taxes.

Sweet success: The Tipline for 23 August 2019

GCR USA - 23 August 2019

Cigarillo brand Swisher, known for its Swisher Sweets, received bad news in February when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a $44 million judgment against it, but the company’s fortunes turned early this week. Judge James Selna ruled on Monday that plaintiff Trendsettah’s failure to disclose information about its tax evasion affected its damages analysis and constituted fraud on the court, so he tossed the verdict. We have details on that case, plus an update in class certification in pay-for-delay litigation regarding an ADHD medication, and a new antitrust consent decree drawing interest. Monday is the UK’s summer bank holiday, so we will be back in your inbox Tuesday morning.

Who’s up for karaoke? The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 23 August 2019

22 August 2019

A 2017 article in an Asian in-flight magazine claimed that “the family that sings together, stays together.” It hit on the phenomenon of karaoke in Asia, which originated in Japan but has grown to be wildly popular throughout much of the region. Two providers of karaoke experiences in Taiwan have been trying to tie up since 2003, but they will have to keep trying after the country’s competition enforcer turned the music off on their attempted deal for a fourth time.

Greece nominates new competition board members

Greece nominates new competition board members

22 August 2019

The Greek government has nominated four academics for senior roles at the competition authority’s board, a week after the enforcer’s former board members filed appeals against their dismissals.